Imagine walking 4,000 miles across South America over the course of two years. That's just what former British Army Captain Ed Stafford did between April 2008 and August 2010 in his quest to be the first person to walk the entire length of the Amazon River, from the Pacific coast of Peru, through Colombia, and on to Brazil's Atlantic coast. In this "gripping celebration of physical and mental endurance" (Kirkus Reviews
), Stafford provides details about the trip's hardships and dangers (boredom, jaguars, flooding, snakes, etc.), the people he meets (armed natives, his long-term walking partner), and deforestation. Though Stafford's a more experienced outdoorsman than David Gran (The Lost City of Z
) or Mark Adams (Turn Right at Machu Picchu
), all three authors are appealing guides who offer a fresh look at modern South American exploration.